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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

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 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Discovery Series: Cartography": U-M Clements Library.

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Mar. 9, 16, & 23. Clements map curator Mary Pedley and University of Southern Maine cartography history professor Matthew Edney, coeditors of The History of Cartography Volume Four: Cartography in the European Enlightenment, discuss cartography bookmaking.

Mar. 9: "The Building Blocks for Creating an Encyclopedia."

Mar. 16: "The Minutiae Behind Mapmaking," with U-M Turkish studies professor Gottfried Hagen.

Mar. 23: "Digitalization and Cartography Research," with U-M map library director Karl Longstreth.
For URL preregister at Free. 649-3370.

 11 a.m.-noon  Free!  Online 

Tuesday Morning Mindfulness Meditation: Open Mindfulness Meditation.

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Tuesdays, 11-Noon. Online. Please join us for this weekly free one-hour mindfulness sitting; it's appropriate for everyone, beginners and experienced meditators alike. There are two 20 minute sits, the first guided and the second silent, with discussion and questions in between. Come when you can. Experience the power of mindfulness in community!
Please message for Zoom link.
Now Online!, Saline. Free. Online. 734-276-7707.

 12:01-midnight  Online 

Virtual 59th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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Mar. 23-28. The oldest and one of the most prestigious avant-garde film festivals in North America features 6 days of online film screenings, shorts, and discussions. (See for full schedule.) The competition showcases new experimental and independent 16-mm, 35-mm, and digital films and videos in a wide range of genres.

"The Viewing Booth" (Ra'anan Alexandrowicz). Experimental documentary showing a young Jewish American women's visceral and verbal reactions to videos portraying life in the occupied West Bank.

"maɬni - towards the ocean, towards the shore" (Sky Hopinka). Documentary following 2 Chinookan peoples, Native Americans residing along Oregon's Columbia River, contemplating the afterlife, rebirth, and the place in-between. Chinuk Wawa, subtitles.

"Iwianch, the Devil Deer" (José Cardoso). Documentary about a missing teenager native to the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest who's prophesied to bring back the devil's visions of death. Spanish, subtitles.

"Purple Sea" (Amel Alzakout, Khaled Abdulwahed). Footage of a deadly shipwreck the directors experienced when seeking passage from Turkey to Greece, filmed using a waterproof camera strapped to Alzakout's wrist. Arabic, subtitles.

"The Quoddy Fold" (Paulette Phillips). Intimate portrayal of the director, a Canadian artist, working on a derelict coastal home.

"A Machine to Live In" (Yoni Goldstein). Documentary exploring the history of highly controlled modernist planning in Brazil alongside radical projects in cult and mystical architecture. Portuguese, Esperanto, subtitles.

"Juste un Mouvement" (Vincent Meessen). Drama that approaches Jean-Luc Godard's 1967 satire La Chinoise as if it were non-fiction, following the tragic fate of one of its actors, Omar Blondin Diop.

"The Inheritance" (Ephraim Asili). Experimental, quasi-documentary film about a young man who refashions an inherited property into a hub for a black liberationist movement.

"Instructions for Survival" (Yana Ugrekhelidze). Drama about a queer Georgian couple trying to make ends meet after gender reassignment surgery. Georgian, Russian, subtitles.

"Al Largo" (Anna Marziano). Documentary about the experience of suffering. Italian, subtitles.

"The Annotated Field Guide of Ulysses S. Grant" (Jim Finn). Finn follows the Union general's Civil War campaigns through a tour of Southern national military parks.

Online at Tickets: $50 for the entire festival programming. "Supporter" ($75) and "Super Fan" ($150) passes available. 995-5356.

 12:01-midnight  Free!  Online 

"The Calm After The Storm": U-M Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

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(Mercedes Gaviria, 2020). Documentary about the director's mixed feelings of admiration and reproach as she questioned the place of women in the film world and more while working on her father's new film. Spanish, subtitles. On Mar. 25, 4-6 p.m., a Q&A with Gaviria, NYU arts professor Juana Suárez, and U-M Spanish and Latin America studies professor Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola.
For URL, preregister at Available all day. FREE. 763-0553.

 1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Alzheimer's Disease-the First Steps": St Andrew the Apostle Saline MI.

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A three part webinar on March 9, 16 and 23 that will discuss how to deal with a loved one's diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease. Various speakers will address the emotional, financial and other practical aspects of helping manage this difficult disease.
Session 1: March 9 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Session 2: March 16 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Session 3: March 21 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Saline, MI, NA Zoom webinars, Saline. Free. Online. 734-429-5210.

 5:45-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Weekly Programs: Neutral Zone.

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Young adult center with a variety of fun virtual social activities available on weekdays throughout the school year.

Every Mon. (5-6:15 p.m.): "Spinning Dot Theatre." Discuss playwriting, acting, directing, and more.

Every Tues. (5:45-7:30 p.m.): "Zone Hack." Hands-on workshop to explore new technology. All skill levels welcome, beginners especially.

Every Wed. (5:45-7 p.m.): "Audio Techniques." Learn the basics of recording, producing, mixing and mastering. No experience necessary. Emcee and Songwriting. Participatory workshops.

Every Fri. (5:45-7 p.m.): "Live." Livestream performing arts TBA. "Loop Nations." Learn and get feedback on sound looping. No experience or equipment necessary.
Various times, for URL, see Free. 214-9995.

 6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Business of Being an Artist": Washtenaw Community College.

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Please join us for an interactive speaker series covering all things arts, business, and creative industry! Learn from local artists and entrepreneurs on how to successfully market, finance, and manage your work to help build the creative career of your dreams! Whether you are a student navigating the path to your aspiring goals, an established artist selling your work, or a professional in a creative field, this series is for you. Each session will offer a panel of experts for a one hour discussion with additional time for Q&A.
Register for one virtual event, or attend the entire 3-part series to hear from a wide range of creative professionals. This series is free and open to the public.
Zoom, 4800 E. Huron River Drive. Free. Online. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Kim Addonizio and Erin Belieu: Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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Double bill poetry reading. California-based Addonizio reads from Now We're Getting Somewhere, her new collection which uses a voice that's sometimes confessional, sometimes philosophical, and always alive and biting. Belieu reads from her new collection, Come-Hither Honeycomb, an unguarded exploration of human vulnerability. Q&A.
Online at Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

March Orchestra Concert: Pioneer High School.

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Jonathan Glawe and Reid Smith directs the 4 PHS orchestras a livestreamed concert. The program includes the high school premiere off a work by composer-actor Luis Narino, student compositions and other works TBA. Also, a performance by PHS alumni.
7 p.m., livestreamed at Free. 994-2189, ext. 3.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Skazat! Poetry Series.

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Poetry reading double bill, featuring Carlina Duan (see 19 Friday listing) and Sara Ryan, a Texas Tech grad with the recent collection I Thought There Would Be More Wolves. Preceded by an open mic.
For URL preregister at Free. 223-3165.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Bioethics Discussion Group.

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Mar. 9 & 23. All invited to join philosophical discussions on various themes facilitated by U-M biomedical engineering professor Barry Belmont. For questions to ponder prior to meeting, see Mar. 9: "Infection". Mar. 23: "Accidents."
Online at Free.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Meeting: Moms Demand Action - Washtenaw County.

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Please join us for an informational and inspiring meeting this month! We will feature a guest speaker, discuss current events, and address legislative updates. Register here and the Zoom link will be emailed to you the morning of the meeting.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a non-partisan grass-roots movement of mothers and allies demanding commonsense solutions to address our country's dangerous culture of gun violence, which jeopardizes the safety of our children and families.
zoom. Free. Online.

 7-9:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Voices in Harmony Chorus.

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Every Tues. Female singers invited to join the weekly virtual rehearsals of this local 40-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
For URL email Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). 612-7580.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Trivia over Zoom": Ann Arbor Adventure Club.

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Every Tues. All invited to form teams of 4 or so persons to compete in a 2-round family-friendly trivia contest featuring a range of questions from entertainment and history to pop culture and geography. Solo competitors are matched up together.
For URL email Free.

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